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Outdoor Heaters

Customers enjoy sitting outside in summer, spending every spare moment soaking up the rare moments of sunshine, whether they are at home, or in your pub or restaurant. But the advent of colder weather tends to chase them indoors, leaving your generous outside seating space unused while queues of would-be patrons become impatient with the wait for a seat inside… But what if there was a way to keep your outside seating areas cosy and operational throughout the colder days too?

Types Of Outdoor Heaters

If this sounds intriguing, perhaps we can help you to choose, install and guide you in the use one of the many options of outdoor heating that are available on the market today? Interested? Read on…

The simplest way to categorise outdoor heaters is by looking at the fuel by which they are powered, as follows:

  • Gas: You may think in terms of a small camping heater which only heats a small area around the appliance and requires an astonishing amount of gas cannisters in order to do so, but gas technology has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years. Today, most outdoor heaters powered by gas use the large bulky gas tanks, and do so sparingly, so a refill will last you for a whole month or more. Also, it is possible to get an outdoor heater that connects to your gas mains. These heaters must be mounted to a wall that adjoins the building usually, but speak to our highly qualified and savvy gas experts who will guide you through the whole process so painlessly that you will wonder why you didn’t call us before! They are also excellent at indoor heating, boiler repair and replacement and so much more.
  • Electric: Improvements in technology have also been seen in electrical designs and outdoor heaters that are powered by electricity are no exception. Instead of radiating heat out in all directions, wasting most of it on the empty air, electric outdoor heaters reflect their heat precisely, using reflectors inside the heater, towards the people who need the warmth – think of a lantern having a shade put around it to reflect the light to form more of a spotlight rather than a general all round light which can easily lose itself in the shadows. Contrary to the belief of many, you can have outdoor outlets wired up to your mains supply: you must just make sure that you get the work done by a fully qualified electrician who will fix you up with weatherproof wiring, covered plug sockets, and will even tuck the wiring neatly out of sight along the edge of the decking or even built into the structure of the restaurant itself. No1PHD’s electricians are all highly qualified and eager to embrace a challenge such as an outdoor installation – let them prove themselves to you!
  • Solid fuel: These old-fashioned heaters are tending to fall out of fashion now, for a number of reasons. They burn wood or pellets, and require a fair amount of tending if the fire won’t catch properly at first. They can also produce quite a lot of smoke, which is not ideal for customers (and employees) who suffer from asthma – or who simply do not like the smell of smoke. Their advantage is usually that they are standalone, and can be moved as needed, when cold, so you can change their positioning fairly readily – but not while they are in use, of course.

Pros and Cons



Many restaurant managers do not like the idea of an outdoor heater because they remember the earliest models which were time- and money-consuming as well as being very inefficient, radiating 90 percent of their heat out into the wintry air instead of doing the chilled people nearby any good.


Almost all of these cons have been dealt with through industry advances, and design improvements.

Most modern outdoor heaters will light up or switch on as readily as any other appliance, and they also heat up more quickly than before, because they are now made with more conductive metals which readily absorbs and holds heat, ensuring that your outdoor seating remains cosy, even on a colder day.

No matter whether you use a gas tank, or electricity or gas from the mains supply, modern outdoor heaters are designed to use the fuel sparingly, with reflectors and insulators ensuring that the heat is contained and sent out only in the desired directions, so you can position then to offer your customers the best benefits.

With the heat being channelled into the direction of where customers are sitting – and this is usually adjustable, by opening or closing windows in the outdoor heater – less of the fuel is wasted, and more is exuded to where it is needed, to warm up chilled bodies.


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Your outdoor area is an important part of your restaurant or pub, and it would be a tremendous shame to continue to only use it on beautifully warm days – which probably means that you lose out on income and footfall for well over half of the year. Install an outdoor heater onto your decking or patio, and see how your customers respond to this year-round access to fresh air. Call No1PHD today, on 08006906777 to open up your outdoor areas for the full twelve months of a year!

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